Search Enters Fourth Day For Missing Men

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The search for two missing men and their boat in waters south of Port Lincoln will enter its fourth day today.

The search today by SAPOL’s fixed-wing aircraft will focus on the coastlines of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Lower Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, looking for any sign of the men, their boat or any debris from the vessel.

Tony Higgins and Derek Robinson, 57 and 48, left Coffin Bay in a 30-foot wooden-hulled fishing boat, the 'Margrel', bound for Goolwa about 3pm on Thursday.

They reported engine trouble to a friend about 11pm on Friday and advised they were going to divert to Kangaroo Island.

When no word had been heard from the men, the friend raised the alarm on Sunday, and a massive search was launched.

With the assistance of aircraft from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force and Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue the total search area has covered more than 103,000 square kilometres (shown in picture below).

Police say they thank all the other services for their assistance; it has been a huge operation to cover a vast search area in trying conditions.

Superintendent Paul Bahr, Officer in Charge, Eyre and Western Police, said, "Sadly, with each passing hour, hope is fading for the two men’s chances of survival.  Our thoughts are with their families, who we are maintaining regular contact with, who are anxiously awaiting any word."







Image credit: SAPOL